- O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,
Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age!
- O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
Irrecoverably dark! total eclipse,
Without all hope of day.
- Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.
- José Saramago, Blindness (1995), p. 126.
- He that is strucken blind cannot forget
The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
- There's none so blind as they that won't see.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation (c. 1738), Dialogue III.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 72.
- Oh, say! what is that thing call'd light,
Which I must ne'er enjoy?
What are the blessings of the sight?
Oh, tell your poor blind boy!
- Colley Cibber, The Blind Boy.
- None so blind as those that will not see.
- Matthew Henry, Commentaries, Jeremiah XX.
- Dispel this cloud, the light of heaven restore;
Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book XVII, line 730. Pope's translation.
- If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
- Matthew, XV. 14.
- These eyes, tho' clear
To outward view of blemish or of spot,
Bereft of light, their seeing have forgot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Of sun, or moon, or star, throughout the year,
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
- John Milton, Sonnet XXII, line 1.
- And when a damp
Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand
The Thing became a trumpet; whence he blew
Soul-animating strains—alas! too few.
- William Wordsworth, Scorn Not the Sonnet; Critic, You Have Frowned.